Shakes Mashaba takes his troops across border
Posted: 2 September 2010 Time: 12:25
AmaGlug-glug coach Shakes Mashaba is continuing with his preparations for the 2011 All Africa Games and the crucial 2012 London Olympics.
This weekend he takes the team across the Limpopo River to play their Zimbabwean counterparts in two friendly internationals. Both games are lined up for Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo - on Friday and Sunday. Mashaba has already been holding camps locally for his team that is made up mostly of players that have graduated from the Amajita squad which qualified for the Under-20 World Cup last year. Safa, through coach Pitso Mosimane, had originally wanted Bafana Bafana to have a practice match against Zimbabwe in Johannesburg on Wednesday, but Zifa turned down the offer and instead arranged to have AmaGlug-glug travel to meet the Young Warriors. While Mashaba will be using the two matches as preparations for both All Africa Games and Olympics qualifiers, Zimbabwe will only be preparing for the continental games after they withdrew from the Olympic qualifiers. Both countries will be minus several players that are with their respective senior national teams preparing for the Afcon qualifiers this weekend. South Africa will be minus Kermit Erasmus, Keagan Ritchie, Siyanda Xulu and Andile Jali. The AmaGlug-glug squad is: Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (BidVest Wits), Thela Thela, Dalyen Hwes (Kaizer Chiefs) Defenders: Sibusiso Mxoyana (Orlando Pirates), Michael Morton (BidVest Wits), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Phumelele Bhengu (both Moroka Swallows), Gladwin Shitolo (Jomo Cosmos), Luvolwethu Mpeta (University of North West) Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Sameegh Doutie, Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town), Mxolisi Gumede (Free State Stars), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Bongani Theletsane (Jomo Cosmos), Sibusiso Khumalo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sici Shelembe (Witbank Spurs) Strikers: George Maluleke (Ajax), Dino Ndlovu, Bongani Ndulula (Bloemfintein Celtic), Thabo Moleko (all SuperSport)